October 13, 2021 - 14:00
October 13, 2021 - 16:00
EU consumers want to be better informed on how farmers are taking care of their animals. Information on animal welfare is available for some products due to legislation or private initiatives, yet most of the claims linked with animal welfare are voluntary. The ongoing institutional discussions on the implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy outline plans to increase information to consumers and transparency in the EU food chain.
As part of this debate, the Commission started an external study on relevant labelling initiatives in early 2021. The results of this research will lead to options for an EU-wide animal welfare labelling, aiming to better tranfer value through the food chain. This European Food Forum event aims to inform members of the existing ways to ensuring animal health and welfare in livestock farming and how to make them visible and understood by our most important stakeholders, the consumers.
An often-forgotten but essential prerequisite to animal welfare is animal health. A sick animal cannot benefit from high welfare standards. For this reason, this EFF event will also try to investigate new agricultural and food technological advancements that are available to complement well known animal health solutions, such as medicines and vaccines and how Innovative farms solutions could provide better health and welfare for animals, as well as an added value for the farmers, for their productivity, environmental management and well-being. This include Innovative solutions tracking animal welfare criteria, throughout the life of farm animals, to ensure the right information is being shared with end-consumers.
Looking to upcoming policy discussions, In the spirit of the European Food Forum’s mission to foster dialogue and debate on the issues that matter, the two hour debate will provide a glimpse into a world of new innovations in EU animal health and livestock farming and will encourage an open sharing of perspectives from all participants.